A senior Air India pilot, prone to extreme mood swings, did an unsafe manoeuvre with a Delhi-Paris flight carrying over 200 people in April, with the airline grounding the pilot while aviation regulator DGCA is probing the matter.
Raising serious concerns over air safety, the flight’s commander steered the Boeing 787 plane to a higher elevation beyond the stipulated permissible safety levels.
There are serious concerns over such an incident involving an Air India flight especially after the Germanwings plane crashed in March last year when a pilot, reported to have suicidal tendencies, crashed the aircraft into the French Swiss Alps killing more than 140 people.
Sources said soon after the incident was reported by the co-pilot, the commander was grounded and Air India has opened an investigation into the “serious violation”.
The matter is also being investigated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), they added.